Tag Archives: kenechi Uzochukwu

Child Story (1)

In the late 70s and mid-80s, it was wonderful to be a kid in Northern Nigeria. We had a pleasant childhood. You know all those adventures you read and day dreamed about? We had them all. Now, if all the adventures you read about were all Enid Blyton, flying broomsticks and brooks and meadows and … Continue reading Child Story (1)

Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

You know you have arrived in Abuja by the slack in activities and movement. The place is calm and laid back, at peace with itself. Hausa is in the air, subliminally present; one can almost see the sonorous language floating above the tree tops. Upon my arrival, I breathed in the air of the land … Continue reading Of Achebe, Abuja and Airplanes

Writitude (2): Matter and Manner of Characters

A character can be defined as a being in a story. But this is only for some of the time. Some other time a character may choose to be a non-being, as in the case of trees and mountains. A character can be anything: a person (living or dead), a dog, a flying boat, a … Continue reading Writitude (2): Matter and Manner of Characters

And Christmas died in Minna

And Christmas died in Minna

A childhood memory of Christmas.   It starts with the sun: the large red disc that appears at dusk up behind the houses and right atop the Fadama. The sun and then the smells: the scent of dust and bush fires and finally the aroma of fried meat and frying tomatoes. The sun assumed that colour … Continue reading And Christmas died in Minna

GRANDMA DO US A FAVOUR, DROP DEAD (2) – A Response.

My elder brother is a Bomboclark! I am the only one that should call him that, so be advised. But seriously, the man is a major pain to this earth and to me. There are many reasons for this, but the worst is that he is one of the evil people encouraging my grandmother to … Continue reading GRANDMA DO US A FAVOUR, DROP DEAD (2) – A Response.

WRITITUDE: The Behavior of a Story and the Attitude of a Writer

There are certain behaviors that are expected from good stories, and there are attitudes that good writers should exhibit. Aside from the good attitudes of arrogance, pride and superiority, a good writer should also exhibit some other lesser qualities.  A story on its part should exhibit good home training qualities like disobedience, stubbornness and intolerance, … Continue reading WRITITUDE: The Behavior of a Story and the Attitude of a Writer

UNHOLY BIBLE: King Lucifer’s Version (Chpt 1a)

UNHOLY BIBLE: King Lucifer’s Version (Chpt 1a)

Read the prologue first, here (edited), or here on Naijastories.                                                                                                           CHAPTER ONE   In the beginning was God, and the rest of us. There were a lot of us, all created by God. Yeah, God created me too and I am not too comfortable with that. Don’t begin to get me wrong this soon. I … Continue reading UNHOLY BIBLE: King Lucifer’s Version (Chpt 1a)

If You Must Maintain the Mystery

If You Must Maintain the Mystery

There is a certain allure that mystery brings to an object, lifting it and enhancing its illusory. To be demystified is a not a very friendly affair. It does not encourage awe. That is why there is no much excitement in a 10 year old marriage. That is why your siblings are never great in … Continue reading If You Must Maintain the Mystery

Grandma, do us a favour, drop dead

I might look like the worst person on earth, I may very well be. But it hardly matters these days. These days I find that looking bad is considered awesome. You tell a girl she is crazy and she thinks its a compliment. In fact, if you don’t tell her she might be the one … Continue reading Grandma, do us a favour, drop dead

Ramblings of an Insomniac (3) TO HIT A WOMAN

I was awake some nights ago and very pissed. The anger was not the fault of my insomnia; my malady could never get me that angry. This particular anger was of that painful quality that only a woman can cause. Getting pissed at a woman is so frustrating because there is little a man can … Continue reading Ramblings of an Insomniac (3) TO HIT A WOMAN

Until the next Cenotaph

Until the next Cenotaph

Memorializing the victims of Dana Airlines Flight 9J-992 from Abuja to Lagos, Nigeria. The plane crashed into a residential area killing all 153 passengers on board, on Sunday June 3, 2012.   First, The wails were distant A far off news echo We didn’t feel the pain Not as much as we should Nor as … Continue reading Until the next Cenotaph